Not long after CBS announced Ashton Kutcher is his replacement on Two and a Half Men, Charlie Sheen is looking to get back into TV with a new comedy series. According to TMZ, Fox may be the network. Sheen has been pitched to some networks and studios for a new comedy series – but no clarity on if it is specific theme or just that Sheen is offering to work in a comedic role again.
TMZ says Sheen’s camp is in “deep negotiations” with a broadcast network for a new sitcom that would go straight-to-series. CBS/The CW are out of the picture, and sources indicate that ABC and NBC are not considering. That leaves Fox, where the actor took an exploratory meeting in March with Fox Sports president David Hill, Fox entertainment chairman Peter Rice and alternative president Mike Darnell.
However, Fox is already loaded up on comedies for next season. Three new half-hour series are ordered and pilots Family Album and Little in Common are looking pretty strong for midseason.
RBR-TVBR observation: as Deadline Hollywood’s Nikki Finke noted, “Sheen’s Corner,” a proposed comedy series he was going to do on HBO never materialized; nor did his proposed show on Mark Cuban’s HDNet. Because Sheen is pretty much uninsurable, networks or studios would be more likely to sign him as a regular guest star than for a full-blown star on a new comedy series. He has to prove himself in the ring again, so to speak.